POET CAMP Retreats

Upcoming Retreats

Summer Campfire

July 5, 2024
6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Eastern Time on Zoom

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go and not be questioned.”

– Maya Angelou

Please join us for the Summer Campfire Cozy Writing Retreat on Zoom, finding inspiration from shared delights and imaginative possibilities, along with the deep pleasure of being with kindred spirits.

We’ll play with 4-5 pre-writes and experiments, and write together to five brand new prompts. After our time together, you’ll receive a packet of extra prompts and fun resources, as well as crowdsourced poem bits and bobs, all designed to energize your writing practice with a sense of playfulness and all the warmth that being with a welcoming poetry community can bring.

You are welcome to come and go, to drop in for a single session, or to stay for the whole time, and to participate in all or none of the brief social breaks. I’ll be letting people in from the waiting room on the hour, while you chat in smaller groups connecting with other kindred spirits poets, grab a coffee, let the dog out, etc.!

Some sessions we’ll write to music, and/or will use sound as part of the prompt, and others will be silent. “Please turn off your sound if you prefer. I’ll give a visual 5 minute warning before we return, and the prompt will remain on screen as you write.

With every part of this, you’ll be encouraged to do what works best for you and your muse! You’ll be encouraged to take what you like and leave the rest.

Friday, July 5, 2024
6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Eastern Time

5:45 – 6:00 Doors open/Quick hellos
6:00 – 6:40 Session 1
6:45 – 6:55 Break
7:00 – 7:30 Session 2
7:30 – 7:50 Longer Break & Gather for Crowdsource
7:55 – 8:40 Session 3
8:45 – 9:00 Break & Gather for Crowdsource 2
9:05 – 9:45 Session 4
9:50 – 10:00 Break & Gather for Sharing
10:05 – 11:00 Sharing, Wrap/Gentle Goodbyes for now

A Special Note from Sarah:

As the Highwaywomen sing, I want a house with a crowded table. I hope our Cozy Writing Retreats are a safe landing and warm place by the virtual campfire for any poet who’d like to join. If money is an obstacle to you joining this or any Cozy Writing Retreat, please reach out, and I’ll do what I can to make it possible for you to join us.

*Please share this with anyone you think might like to write with us!

Cozy Writing Retreats are the only Poet Camp event currently offering scholarship seats and sliding scale payments. There’s no requirement to present any proof of financial hardship for the reduced rate registrations. Please pay as much as you can afford for these, to keep Poet Camp accessible to as many kindred spirits as possible.